Monday, 22 April 2013

DIY Party Hats


After last weeks 'madhatter tutorial' I felt inspired to do a little research on more party hat ideas and tutorials. I love designing tailored hats for our parties, not only do they add another design element to our tea tables, but they also look fantastic for the photographs afterwards. There is nothing sweeter than a long bespoke tea table filled with children wearing pom pom party hats or lace crowns whilst eating off their matching melamine plates and drinking from their stripy or polka-dot paper straws. The children become part of the design which really makes for some beautiful photography and lasting memories..

Below i have attached a few of my favourites with links to tutorials so that you can make your very own hats! Enjoy...



These beautiful pom pom hats would look really lovely at any party. These hats are available from American retailer 'Shop Sweet Lulu' (link) however, I urge you to try and make your own- its great fun!

I absolutely love this 'sock monkey' hat. Would be brilliant for a first birthday...
Tutorial


Pretty, pretty, pretty, A beautiful design for a summer garden party, (especially now as summer appears to be on its way at last!)
Tutorial 

I love these lace crown designs. I recently made 30 for a 'Once Upon a Time' party and loved how they looked on the table and on the heads of all the little princesses
Tutorial 

A really lovely design for a cowboy and indian party, or peter pan and the lost boys!
Tutorial

These hats will make any little girl feel like a princess. An 'enchanted fairytale' theme party would be perfect ..
Tutorial

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have a lovely week!

Talk soon,

Zahra xxx

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Mad Hatter Tea Party Hat Tutorial


After making a pom pom party hat for my little dog this weekend (it was his 9th birthday, I promise I don't dress him up normally!) I started to research different party hat ideas to make at home. This one was my favourite by far, so I have decided to share this with you, enjoy!











I hope you have a lovely day, 

Zahra x

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Perfect Party Favours...




When deciding on the best gifts to give your guests, there are so many different possibilities it can be difficult to choose the ideal favour. This blog entry will focus on some of my favourites to show you a few ideas that are slightly different to hopefully give you some ideas to use for your next party...




These beautiful cake pop boxes come in a variety of colours and could be an incredibly pretty memento of your party
I love these DIY bubble gifts!  The stickers can easily be personalised for your own unique message, meaning they can be used for just about any party theme!
A different but very beautiful idea in my opinion. Fresh strawberries and scones with clotted cream, these would be perfect for a garden party!
if you have your perfect gift in mind, and just looking for a pretty party bag then why not copy this beautiful design?  You can either make your own or simply decorate a plain bag using ribbon and natural twine. Would be great for a 'shabby-chic' theme.
I love these ballerina party bags made using tulle netting. Such a pretty idea, and a bag that i'm sure your little guests will want to re-use over again and again.
A different idea again could be these 'cupcakes or cookies in a jar'. This particular idea has become fairly popular in the last year, and with the possibility to use any recipe it can be different every time. From my own experience, children simply love baking and will no doubt leave your party very excited to get cracking on with these homemade treats.
Following on from the jar idea... Popcorn is an incredibly healthy treat (with the right topping ofcourse) and is also great fun to make. Ofcourse you can add any topping you like.. melted chocolate and raisins, parmesan, sugar and cinnamon...I make popcorn almost every night drizzled with honey and a touch of salt.. messy but delicious! 
I found this photo about a year ago and have been dying to recreate these party bags.. however no one as of yet has had a party theme that I could use them for... I just really like them, such a fun a different idea! My little cousin Noah (he is 3) recently decided to attempt to leave home (he was grounded I think and in a huff..) and made himself one of these before asking my uncle to give him a lift to the train station, fortunately he changed his mind when realising he had no money but it gave me the idea of using these for a vintage train party.. I think the possibility of someone having a hobo-themed party in Central London is a little farfetched.. 
simply but lovely idea for an arts and craft party.
And finally these fantastic 'Neverland/Lost Boys' party bags. Such a simple idea that would look fantastic on any table. Ofcourse this idea can be tailored to any type of party just by simply choosing a different felt shape.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on zahra@lesenfants.co.uk.

Speak soon!

Zahra x